Digest of Charlton County Herald - April 1928

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

April 6, 1928

BAPTIST CHURCH. With the arrival of another car of brick Wednesday, the Baptists now have on the ground 30,000 bricks, which with the brick they will have from the old building, will be plenty to work with for the present.

HIGGINBOTHAMS SICK. The Herald learns with deep regret of the serious illness of Mr. P.B. Higginbotham and his son, Clyde, with pneumonia at their home east of Winokur. We hope they will pull through as they are useful and good citizens. Mr. Higginbotham is a member of the Charlton Board of Education.

SCHOOL CENSUS. Mr. T.W. Wrench, having the school census in charge, reports that he has appointed assistants in each district to help him. Mr. Mel Prescott has the Prescott district; Mr. P.B. Higginbotham and Eugene Roddenberry, Winokur; Miss Nettie Keene, Racepond; Mrs. B.B. Gowen, Uptonville; Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Burnsed, Moniac; Mrs. Kate Crawford, Riverview; Prof. Vinson, St. George. Mr. Wrench will look after Sardis and Folkston.

NEW GOWEN HOME. The George Gowen home is going up nicely. Contractor Hall has the framework up and closed in. This house is about the twentieth built in a section that was, up to two years ago, held off the market.

NEW COURTHOUSE. The County Commissioners met and heard many citizens comment that it was time to build a courthouse keeping with our progress, suitable for future needs. Present before the board were five architects and a tentative agreement was made with R.A. Benjamin to draw and submit plans for a building 100 feet long and 50 feet wide. The need of a jail will also be considered.

VETERANS PASSING. Charlton has been losing some of that class of citizens lately that were history-makers of the good old days. When one lives to such a ripe old age as over 80, they are landmarks that we honor and hate to see go, but the life they lived will ever remain to remind us that such characters will never be forgotten. Lately crossing the Great Divide have been Mrs. Emily Thomas, 81; Mrs. Mary Petty, 83 and Mr. John Waughtel, 84. He was a Union soldier. We have, still living with us, Mr. John Vickery, the oldest of them all, 90 and Uncle Jesse Grooms, 81; Mr. Seab Mills, 80 and Mrs. Polly Privett and Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson, both over 80. This is the one class of citizens that we have the greatest admiration for, and the little pensions paid them yearly is a small tribute for these honored citizens.

MASTER LACY GOWEN DIED. Master Lacy Gowen, past seven years of age, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.V. Gowen, died Tuesday evening at the family home at Traders Hill after an illness of a week with pneumonia complications. Lacy was a sweet child, the idol of his parents and the pet of the household. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Chastain at the grave, assisted by Rev. C.A. Nease. The burial was in the Traders Hill cemetery, by the side of his brother Williard, who died at the same age on April 6, 1918. Special music was sung, sweet and feelingly, for the little child. From the residence the funeral cortege of some twenty cars escorted his earthly body to its last resting place 'neath spreading oaks.

MRS. EYRIE FRANK NEAR DEATH. As we go to press we hear with sorrow that the condition of Mrs. Eryie Franks is such as to despair of all hope of her surviving the day. Her loved ones are with her. No nourishment has been taken in two days and the splendid life of this good woman will soon pass out to end its earthly pilgrimage.

BURNT FORT BRIDGE. Monday the contract for building the Burnt Fort Bridge was let by the county commissioners to Bauman and White who were the lowest bidders at the sum of 7,500.00. The work will be started as soon as the permit is secured from Congress which is necessary for bridge building across navigable streams.

EDITORIAL COMMENT. The Okefenokee Swamp is Charlton's greatest asset. As a federal park it could be the playground of America. It is time our federal representatives were making a note of it.

NEW COURTHOUSE. When the Chamber of Commerce was called to order, more than 150 people were in the hall. More kept coming in, so there must have been 200 present. The reason behind the rapid development of Folkston is the interest of the people in public matters. The attendance was not limited to Folkston, but men drove in from more than 20 miles to keep in touch with what was being proposed. {Note: construction of new courthouse.} As we looked over the audience, we can see why the bank is willing to erect a building that would be a credit to a town ten times the size of Folkston. We can understand why the Masons have one of the most attractive temples in south Georgia and are not puzzled by the beautiful school building. It was taken for granted that the new building would be a finer one than the one destroyed by fire. --Waycross Journal Herald.

OLD POST OFFICE RECORDS. The St. George post office offers for sale old records which are to be destroyed from the files to anyone interested in old post office records or simply as waste paper. These records date back to 1900. These are at the St. George Post Office. --J.A. Barker, P.M.

ST. GEORGE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION. A meeting was held in St. George this week to form an Athletic Association. A number of boys and younger men attended and a temporary association was formed.

SHADES FOR SCHOOL. An order was sent in last week for new shades for the St. George School.

SPRINGTIME. Straw hat time is here.

CLYDE JOHNSON VISITS. Clyde Johnson, now with the Navy and assigned to the Wyoming which is in southern waters, is on a brief vacation with home folks.

BEAUTIFUL ROSES. The rose bush at the home of T.W. Wrench on the highway is a mass of buds and blossoms. Many expressions of its beauty are heard from the passing throng. It reaches out in each direction twenty-five feet and its wings, blossom-filled, presents a sight to behold.

April 13, 1928

VETERANS' AGES CORRECTED. Last week, in giving the ages of the old veterans, we didn't state it correctly. Comrade Vickery is 89, Comrade Mills is 86 and Comrade Grooms is 85.

PRIZE OFFERED FOR ESSAY. Col. McQueen, who has been writing historical sketches of the county, offers a prize of $10.00 for the best essay written by a pupil on the subject of Ellicott's Mound.

MRS. ERYE FRANKS DIED. In the death of Mrs. Martha Jane Franks, also known in this community as Mrs. Erye Franks, the loss of a most estimable citizen must be recorded. She died in her Uptonville home Friday night after an illness of some time, suffering from pellagra. She was 60 years old this month. As a resident of Boulogne, and afterwards Uptonville, where Mr. A.C. Franks had a section foreman position with the Coast Line, she became one of our eldest citizens. On account of his condition Mrs. Franks took the business at Uptonville until recently when the business was closed out to Mr. J.V. Vickery. Mr. Franks' condition was presumed to be such that Mrs. Franks was taking care of him and it was not thought that he would survive her. She was buried Sunday afternoon in the Folkston cemetery. She is survived by Mr. Franks, 72; her mother, Mrs. Z.M. Powell, age 81; three brothers, H.S. Powell, J.R. Powell and O.C. Powell; four sisters, Mrs. S.E. Creech, Mrs. J.E. Claridy, Mrs. W.L. McDuffie and Mrs. A.T. Mizell.

MASTER ALTON GUINN DIED. Alton Guinn, age seven, son of Mr. Grover Guinn of Homeland, died Friday morning as a result of burns received some ten days ago. The funeral was Saturday from the residence with burial in Homeland.

MR. CLYDE HIGGINBOTHAM AND MR. P. BURBAAGE HIGGINBOTHAM DIED. Death is always sad but when the father and eldest son, the mainstays and chief means of support of a family die, and that with less than 70 hours of each other, then there is a deeper sorrow for the bereaved ones. Thursday night, Clyde Higginbotham, age 18, eldest son of P.B. Higginbotham, passed from this earthly veil to the Great Beyond after an illness of several weeks. He had measles and later developed pneumonia which caused his death. Clyde was a splendid young man in the full vigor of manhood, a student and the driver of the Winokur school bus. He was laid to rest Friday in the Corinth cemetery. On account of the serious illness of his father in an adjoining room there was no funeral service. Sunday, just after the noon hour, his father Mr. P. Burbage Higginbotham, answered the summons of his Master after an illness of some ten days of typhus- malaria fever. He was 49 years old, a successful farmer and stock raiser. He succeeded Mr. John Prescott on the Board of Education three years ago. He had been a member of Corinth Primitive Baptist Church since 1912 and a deacon almost as long. He had resided in the Prescott settlement since boyhood. He accumulated many cattle and a fine farm. He married Miss Lizzie Rhoden, daughter of Tom Rhoden and by this union four children were born: Clyde, Roy age 12, Dorsey age 9 and Cordia. 7, who with their mother survive him; one brother Mr. Hamp Higginbotham and a sister, Mrs. Lewis Wasdin. The double funeral was at Corinth Cemetery.

MRS. EMILY CREWS DIED. Mrs. Emily Crews, widow of the late Henry G. Crews, died Friday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Herman Stokes. Mrs. Crews was stricken about two years ago with paralysis and had been a semi-invalid ever since. She had been visiting at her daughter's home for several weeks when she took a turn for the worse and gradually sank into that sleep which knows no awakening on earth. Interment was at Boone Creek cemetery. She was one of the oldest residents of this section, having spent her life here. Her husband died some years ago. Several children survive her: Mrs. Herman Stokes, Mrs. Amanda Smith, Lawt, Dan, German, Champ and Cabe Crews who reside near St. George, also a son at McClenny.

NEW BABY. There is a broad Irish smile on our streets and there is a reason - a fine boy. And Mike Mikell is happy and the mother is doing fine. It arrived Sunday evening.

MRS. MARY ANN CREWS DIED. Mrs. Mary Ann Crews, age 80, wife of Mr. Sam C. Crews, died at their home near Newell Saturday after a lingering illness of several months from cancer. She was one of the oldest residents of Charlton County and lived at their present home over thirty years and has been married to Mr. Crews going on forty years. They had no children, but Mrs. Crews reared two orphans from infancy, Hack Brooker and Otis Wainwright. She has one sister, Mrs. Denmark, and a nephew, Mr. J.S. Nazworth. She was an estimable woman, and a splendid business woman who accumulated several thousand dollars on her own account. Mr. Crews survives his wife. Mrs. Crews was a member of the Mills Missionary Baptist Church and the funeral was conducted by the pastor. Burial was a Hickox cemetery.

NEW BABY. Henry Smith is going about his work with a smile on his lids and a sparkle in his eyes. There's a reason, a boy arrived Sunday night. Mother and son are getting on fine.

April 27, 1928

YEARLY TRIP. Mr. Jesse Vickery is taking his annual trip to Waycross today. It's been his habit for the past several years to go to Waycross to attend the memorial service there and escort those veterans of Charlton who have a standing invitation to be the guests of Ware County veterans. Mr. John Vickery and Mr. Jesse Grooms are the only two this year, Mr. Seab Mills being unable to go on account of being confined to his room.

CENSUS COMPLETED. The completion of data for the school census is in hand, with the exception of a few colored people. Perhaps a few were skipped, and if so it means the loss of $6.00 per head to the school fund. If you have been overlooked, speak to Mr. Wrench or Supt. Harris at once, giving date of birth of child.

SHAME ON BOYS. Last Sunday, some of our boys, feeling as if a bath would do them good, visited the Buchanan pond, and when the shower came up ran naked to a vacant house in full view of homes where ladies sat on porches. The bans have been put on bathing at this place. If you use it without Dr. Buchanan's permit, you are in trouble.

FEATHERLESS CHICKENS. Ordinary H.G. Gibson is ordinary no longer, having passed into the extra-ordinary class. Last week a shipment of a breed of chicken was received by him -- the Kiwis. It can not fly and a two foot fence is a puzzle to them. It has no feathers but is covered with down.

CATTLE SOLD. Steve Gibson heard of the sale of Gowen's 600 head of range cattle and expressed the opinion they were not worth the price of $20.00 per head. Steve was surprised to find Sol Mills on hand in the early morning with the checkbook, calling Steve's hand. Steve let them go, 32 head, and still wonders why they pay such prices.

JONES HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE. Saturday night the cozy home of Mr. W.J. Jones and its contents were totally destroyed by fire. The alarm was sounded about nine o'clock and within a few minutes quite a few responded but the fire was found to have enveloped the entire structure. Nothing was saved except a mattress and part of the weekly wash by Charlie Passieu. Much hard work was required to save the parsonage and Mills' home.

OVER 2,000 HEAD OF CATTLE SOLD. Charlton County's first train load of cattle is about to be shipped to the market. The sale of over 600 head of range cattle by Ga.-Fla. Investment Co. and purchases from Kenneth Hopkins, Lewis Stokes, Daniel Hickox and others will make the shipment will run over 2,000 head.

NEW BABY. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charley Bussey, St. George, on Monday morning, a baby girl. The mother and child are doing nicely.

NEW BABY. Born to Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Canady, Moniac, on April 8th, a boy. He has been named Marvin Canady.

NEW BABY. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Grover Howard, St. George, on March 28, a boy, named S.E. Howard.

SHRUBBERY GROWING. The yard hedge of gallberry set out by Mr. William Schneider about his Homeland place is beginning to green out nicely.


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